Newsletter to Members March 2021

Heckington & District Bowling Club

Newsletter to Members March 2021

On behalf of everyone at Heckington Bowling Club, we hope that the lock-down has not been too arduous for you all.

With the days getting longer, bowlers will be look forward to sunny afternoons and warm evenings to play our sport. With the possibility of restrictions being eased, we at the bowls club would like to inform you what’s been happening during the winter and outline what we can offer our members for the season ahead. 

We have cut back the overhanging growth of vegetation making the access at the side of the Chapel easier. The privet hedge between the two sets of gates has been removed opening up our main access point. Once the roots have been removed we intend to lay either paving stones or pebbles making the journey into the bowls club easier. We have been in discussion with our landlords for quite a while regarding using the piece of wasteland behind our huge hedge (where we place our seating) and incorporate it into our lease. Currently we are waiting for both parties to sort out a possible agreement or a compromise to come into fruition. 

I am pleased to inform you all that we have installed a brand new wooden shed which will house all of our mechanical equipment. Also, we looked at the possibly of installing an electrical feed into our clubhouse. But, the electrical company are looking at a sum which is far beyond our budget, so that has been put on hold. However, we intend to purchase a new petrol generator which will be more economical to us and not so noisy. Quotes to rewire the whole of the clubhouse are now in and we hope to get this done before the start of the season.

On the playing side, last year we provided a bit of bowls for those who wanted it, but, we could not have done much more due to the pandemic. 

Currently the Lincolnshire Bowling Association have made it quite clear that there will be no County Competitions during 2021. Our local leagues, Sleaford, Coningsby and Woodhall Spa have not yet indicated that they will operate at all this year, but there is still time for them to organise some sort of fixture list. 

At Heckington, it is our intention to hold five Club Championship Competitions (Men’s, Ladies and Novice Championships) as well as the Chosen Pairs and the new Mixed Pairs Championships during mid to late season. Ideas are also in the planning stage to create a new Pairs Competition run on a league basis. We aim to provide as much structured bowls as we possibly can. 

The two Mason’s all day tournaments look likely to be cancelled this year but, we are looking at having our own tournament for all players and friends. It is intended to be a fun event and will be run over an extended late morning and afternoon. More details later. 

We may also be in a position organise some low key friendly matches to provide team bowling.

All of this is of course subjective planning which if the situation gets better we can achieve. We fully intend to operate under the guidelines set out by the Government and local advisories. Hopefully things will ease and we can have a season this year.

This is as much information we can provide at this moment in time. We intend to keep in touch with further developments once agreed by the committee and provide more details when they are available.

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